CAT protocol converter between Icom, Kenwood and Yeasu (Final)

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CAT protocol converter between Icom, Kenwood and Yeasu (Final)

Postby PD3LK » Fri Feb 09, 2024 11:55 pm

Hi guys, for those who are interested....

Raimund Forstmeyer is an German/Italian programmer, some of you may know him from his RFRScanner software.
Some months ago he started with a new project, a CAT protocol converter between Icom --> Kenwood.

All started with the need of such a program between YADD (DSC decoder) and SDR-Console (SDRC).
YADD can only output the ICOM protocol and SDRC understands only the Kenwood2000 protocol.

With this converter you will be able to use the DSC frequencies scanner in YADD, SDRC will follow nicely.
The audio connection between the two programs runs via a Virtual Audio Cable.
When YADD detects a signal it stops scanning and resumes it when the signal is gone.

YADD is my favorite DSC program because it can also plot the received coastal stations on a map in DXAtlas.
The converter can also be used between YADD and Thetis, Thetis also uses the Kenwood2000 protocol.

In the last weeks the converter has become a complete and one-of-a-kind piece of software, it has now also ICOM <--> Yeasu conversion.

The RFRScanner and the Converter programs can be freely downloaded from Raimund's website.

Btw, as an extra, Raimund made a very simple and stripped Mini Converter that needs only a little desktop space.
See attached picture. It's with SDRC but it's only to show the VSP connections.

For now this Mini is only mend for use between Icom --> Kenwood protocols but Raimund is busy updating it for the Yeasu protocol too.

The programs don't need/use OmniRig and the preferred VSC is Com0Com (we did a lot of testing, com0com works flawless)
All you need are 2 VSC pairs, one between YADD <--> Converter and one between Converter <-> SDRC/Thetis
The full Converter has a lot more options, there is help in the program: stop the converter and press the H's in the UI or Troubleshooting.

YADD to Converter to SDRC connection.png
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73 PD3LK Leon

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